Memorial Day Trivia Answers

by | May 28, 2018 8:00 pm

Last Updated: May 25, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Memorial Day was created to honor fallen soldiers of

The Revolutionary War, The War of 1812, The Civil War, World War I

a.  The Civil War

Communities in the North and South organized the first memorial days in 1865, laying flowers on headstones in the months after the war ended. Quickly evolving into an annual tradition, “Decoration Day” was typically set for early summer. The day eventually became known as Memorial Day and now honors American soldiers killed in all wars and conflicts

The first Memorial Day celebration was held in

Boalsburg, Pa, Waterloo, N.Y., Carbondale, Ill, All of the Above

a. All of the above

The answer depends on whom you ask. All three towns — and a few others, including Richmond and Columbus, Ga. — lay some claim to originating the tradition. Historians haven’t settled on a definitive answer, though in 1966 Congress declared Waterloo the “birthplace” of Memorial Day.

How many Southern states will observe Confederate Memorial Day?

9, 6, 2, none

a. 6

While a few other states have holidays commemorating Confederate soldiers, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia officially call it Confederate Memorial Day. In Alabama and Mississippi, it’s observed on the fourth Monday in April, to commemorate the official surrender of the Confederate Army to the Union side on April 26, 1865.

The United States’ most recent declarations of war were against which countries?

Mexico and Spain

Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania

Japan, Germany, and Italy

Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq.

a. Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania

   They were the last three countries the United States formalized states of war against during World War II. That was in 1942. American military combat operations since then, including extended campaigns in Korea, Vietnam and Iraq, have been officially classified as military combat authorized by Congress

When was Memorial Day moved from May 30 to the last Monday in May?

1925, 1946, 1971, 1980

a. 1971

   In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Act, which moved several traditional holidays, including Memorial Day, from a fixed date on the calendar to a designated Monday so as to create long weekends. The bill went into effect three years later. While adding convenience, some groups think the shift had unintended effects — the Veterans of Foreign Wars, for example, said in 2002 that “changing the date to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day.”

What city host the oldest Memorial Day parade?

Doylestown, Pa, Douglaston, N.Y., Ironton, Ohio, Portsmouth, VA

a. Doylestown, Pa

   The Doylestown parade dates to 1866, a year before Ironton’s. Ironton claims to have the oldest “continuously held” Memorial Day parade, while Portsmouth boasts it has the oldest “annually held” Memorial Day parade. Douglaston lays claim to America’s “largest” event.

Which major sporting event takes place each Memorial Day weekend?

Indianapolis 500, Belmont Stakes, U.S. Open tennis championships, NBS Finals

a. Indianapolis 500

   The first “Indianapolis Sweepstakes” race took place on Memorial Day 1911, and the race has coincided with the holiday ever since. Over the years “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” as it’s billed, was often advertised as the “annual Memorial Day race” or something similar.

Memorial Day weekend has come to mark the unofficial start of summer – and of the summer blockbuster season at movie theaters. Which movie hold the record for the biggest Memorial Day weekend opening?

Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, Jaws, The Hangover Part II

a. Pirates of the Caribbean

   The third installment of the Pirates film franchise (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End) took in more than $139 million at the box office over Memorial Day weekend in 2007. Star Wars opened in limited release on Memorial Day weekend in 1977. Last year, Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney, took the top spot with a disappointing $42 million. This year, Alice Through the Looking Glass and X-Men: Apocalypse are the big Memorial Day weekend openers.

Many Americans will fire up their outdoor grills on Memorial Day for the first cookout of the summer. How many hot dogs will Americans eat between Memorial Day and Labor Day?

7 million, 70 million, 700 million, 7 billon

a. 7 billion

According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans consume 7 billion hot dogs during the summer season — or about 818 hot dogs per second, from late May to early September.

Memorial Day also kicks off the summer wedding season. How many cocktails are served at the average wedding reception?

496, 621, 1009, 1473

a. 621

All safe and responsibly, we trust. That’s according to the wedding planning magazine The Knot. Whether your drink is a cocktail, champagne or iced tea, raise a glass this weekend to those who gave their lives for their country!

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